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Latest Viewed Flicks & TV Shows
Topic by: Battie
Posted: December 23, 2006 - 1:08 AM PST
Last Reply: July 22, 2007 - 9:12 AM PDT

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Battie
post #1  on December 23, 2006 - 1:08 AM PST  
So I've seen some movies in the past few months (some on DVD and some in theaters). And my family is thinking about going to see Happy Feet for Christmas. :P But here are some I wanted to chat about (and couldn't find the right thread for 'em).

Who Killed the Electric Car? I've heard some say that the documentary ignored some glaring opposing facts to convict the oil industry and car companies, but I've heard none of these specific "facts." Personally, I thought it made an excellent case for deliberately putting down the electric car.

Hard Candy, which was a pretty talked-about movie a few months ago. Wasn't entirely what I expected, but the complete mind-*bleep* that kid pulled was amazing. If the actress doesn't win at least one award, then I refuse to so much as consider Hollywood a good judge of talent. (Not that they normally are..)

Pulse surprised me. I am pretty doubtful when it comes to new horror's ability to be the least bit scary, but Pulse rocked. And the ending, oddly enough, WAS a surprise to me. I kept expecting the standard ending (you know what I mean). Pulse was creepy at times...made me want keep my computer unplugged for a while. :P


Torchwood!! The new Doctor Who spin-off. I've seen four episodes so far, and it's just different enough from Doctor Who to have its own appeal. In some ways, I dig it more than DW. It stars Captain Jack (who first appeared in S1 in the WWII episodes) and introduces a new main character, Gwen, a cop who sees something she shouldn't have. In the first ep, Gwen can't let it go and eventually tracks down Torchwood and Jack (Torchwood being the organization Queen Victoria founded in the werewolf ep in S2, I think). Anyway, Torchwood still has some characteristic DW humor and is a little more ahh...risque? than American tv, but the difference between DW and Torchwood is the seriousness of the latter. It deals more with life-changing events than DW did, and with less casual humor about it.

I also dig the whole Jack-Gwen thing. I'm becoming a sucker for the creators' habit of showing two characters digging each other, but not letting them have at it. IMO, you can see the moments when Jack falls a little deeper into, dare I say, love with Gwen. Sometimes Brit television makes me wish I were born in the UK. :P

I'm thankful this Holiday Season for... the fact that Torchwood has gone above and beyond my expectations, which were actually pretty low. I find Gwen's resemblance to Rose kinda odd. She's cute as hell...but she resembles Rose a LOT.

Anyway, Doctor Who S3 begins airing on Christmas in the UK. But, if you've seen S2's season finale (and if you've been watching Sci-Fi, you have), you know who won't be in it. *sobby*
hamano
post #2  on December 23, 2006 - 6:42 AM PST  
I've been watching Prison Break and The Wire. Perfect viewing for the happy holiday season, eh? The Wire is good solid police drama so far (I'm almost through the first season) but too much swearing (there was a whole conversation in one scene that was just conducted with the F word strung together into sentences, which was hilarious). Prison Break has cleaner language but some of the stuff that happens is very farfetched... it's got a nice cast that grows on you, though, even the bad guys.

And I finally took someone's advice (was it Cinenaut?) and saw all the Battlestar Galactica episodes on peekvid. It's fun but uneven, like Star Trek. The music is nice. I'm getting a bit tired of Starbuck's perpetual porpoise smirk, even when she's mad or sad... And Apollo is a grouchy troll. I like those female cylons, though... do cylons wear nylons?
Battie
post #3  on December 23, 2006 - 3:07 PM PST  
> On December 23, 2006 - 6:42 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I've been watching Prison Break and The Wire. Perfect viewing for the happy holiday season, eh? The Wire is good solid police drama so far (I'm almost through the first season) but too much swearing (there was a whole conversation in one scene that was just conducted with the F word strung together into sentences, which was hilarious). Prison Break has cleaner language but some of the stuff that happens is very farfetched... it's got a nice cast that grows on you, though, even the bad guys.
>

Yeah, Prison Break does grow on you. :) The first season was better though... TV shows this season have been kind of disappointing. The only ones I'm really, really enjoying (or was, before they all took a breather) are Grey's Anatomy and Supernatural, both not new.

> And I finally took someone's advice (was it Cinenaut?) and saw all the Battlestar Galactica episodes on peekvid. It's fun but uneven, like Star Trek. The music is nice. I'm getting a bit tired of Starbuck's perpetual porpoise smirk, even when she's mad or sad... And Apollo is a grouchy troll. I like those female cylons, though... do cylons wear nylons?
> ---------------------------------

How many have you seen? The tv movie special was pretty good, but the first season and half of the second was pretty boring. For me, it didn't get really good until Pegasus showed up. :P I'm waiting impatiently, atm, for more episodes. :(

Starbuck is hot, teehee.
hamano
post #4  on December 23, 2006 - 10:18 PM PST  
> On December 23, 2006 - 3:07 PM PST Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yeah, Prison Break does grow on you. :) The first season was better though...

The whole conspiracy thing with the group of rich white guys so powerful they control the White House is sooooo dumb. I wish the show was just about escaping and eluding capture...

> How many have you seen? The tv movie special was pretty good, but the first season and half of the second was pretty boring. For me, it didn't get really good until Pegasus showed up.

Wasn't it funny when Michelle Forbes, after getting killed on Pegasus, showed up on Prison Break? She gets around, that girl. I've seen every episode and miniseries up to the latest one where they're trying to recover the Eye of Jupiter on the Algae planet, but none of the webisodes.

> Starbuck is hot, teehee.

She's got that swimmers' body, big shoulders, no waist or butt. I prefer the Cylon gals. Ursus, look at this!
speakreflection
post #5  on December 24, 2006 - 2:45 PM PST  
Just got done watching Dexter. Amazing show.
Waiting for the second/final season of Rome now.
CSI has disappointed me this year.
Battie
post #6  on December 24, 2006 - 7:01 PM PST  
You think BG is boring even after the second season? *sobby* Though I guess a lot of guys think so. A friend told me there's too much emphasis on the emotional/relationship stuff. Said it's a drama and he can't watch it. *sniff*

Starbuck is just yummy, man. I like the semi-androgynous thing she has going on. Funny thing is, the actress was in one of the recent Halloween movies with Coolio or Busta Rhymes (I get the two mixed up).


Rome was...excellent. I loved it. But it wasn't renewed for a third season. :(

Dexter is good (though sometimes I get a little creeped out when I realize some of Dexter's thoughts are fairly normal in our society), but I'm really waiting for The Tudors. Jonathan Rhys-Myers is a good actor...and a babe. >:D I'm trying to catch up on the second season of Sleeper Cell, which I taped. It's not as nearly as good as I was hoping, but it's also not nearly as boring as I thought when I first heard about it. I started watching it because the director is the same as the director of Lila Says, which I dig.
hamano
post #7  on December 25, 2006 - 6:06 AM PST  
Oh, yeah, I love DEXTER. I've read the two books too, and I have to say the TV show is better written. Doakes is so funny! I think I was promoting Dexter and The Nine on the LOST tv show thread elsewhere on the boards, because Lost has been so efing lame this season. But they canceled The NINE??? Waaah....

> On December 24, 2006 - 7:01 PM PST Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You think BG is boring even after the second season?

Did I say that? I just said I was tired of Starbuck only having that one facial expression.

> A friend told me there's too much emphasis on the emotional/relationship stuff. Said it's a drama and he can't watch it. *sniff*

There is a lot of talking, yes.

> Starbuck is just yummy, man. I like the semi-androgynous thing she has going on.

The frustrating thing is that she doesn't get it on with any of the cute Cylons! What's the use of being butch if you don't put it to good use? It just means she's "One of the guys"....

> Dexter is good (though sometimes I get a little creeped out when I realize some of Dexter's thoughts are fairly normal in our society)

Well, the appeal of the show is how they turn the tables and make you think that the serial killer is the GOOD guy. For female fans it's like, oh, he's so cute he can be my BF! And for male audiences it's like Go Dex Go! Until he goes and does something really alien, like kill the only guy who understands him. Then you realize, from Dexter's point of view (what he's been explaining to you all along in the narration) what he did is the ONLY thing he could have done. Because he's a frikkin serial killer. Great script!

The Wire is such a downer... the end of the first season was very dour and frustrating. But it's great.
Ursus
post #8  on December 25, 2006 - 1:59 PM PST  

> > Starbuck is hot, teehee.
>
> She's got that swimmers' body, big shoulders, no waist or butt. I prefer the Cylon gals. Ursus, look at this!
>
> ---------------------------------

Yes... Yes, she is. She'd be mighty fine to come home to. ; )

*Salivating ala Wyle E. Coyote*

I've been watchin' lots of Good Eats, Mythbusters, Dexter, Deadwood, and Dexter (I put it here twice cuz' it's new and I dig it). I am also a tad ashamed to say that I've become addicted to Naruto *hangs head in tearful shame, sobbing*

I'm just counting the days till the next season of Rome -AWESOME!
hamano
post #9  on December 25, 2006 - 2:58 PM PST  
> On December 25, 2006 - 1:59 PM PST Ursus wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yes... Yes, she is. She'd be mighty fine to come home to. ; )
>
> *Salivating ala Wyle E. Coyote*

Just so everyone knows, that's Boomer, not Starbuck. This is what Starbuck looks like.
hamano
post #10  on December 25, 2006 - 3:10 PM PST  
> On December 23, 2006 - 1:08 AM PST Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Pulse surprised me. I am pretty doubtful when it comes to new horror's ability to be the least bit scary, but Pulse rocked. And the ending, oddly enough, WAS a surprise to me. I kept expecting the standard ending (you know what I mean). Pulse was creepy at times...made me want keep my computer unplugged for a while. :P

Oh, were you talking about the American remake or the Japanese original?
Battie
post #11  on December 25, 2006 - 4:04 PM PST  
> On December 25, 2006 - 3:10 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Oh, were you talking about the American remake or the Japanese original?
> ---------------------------------

American...

Don't make fun of me. :|
hamano
post #12  on December 25, 2006 - 10:49 PM PST  
I was making fun of Smiley Starbuck, not you! Both Pulses are available here... The US remake and the original Japanese one which won the International Critics' Award at the Stiges-Catalonian Film Festival....

Pulse (Original)
Pulse (American Remake)
Battie
post #13  on December 27, 2006 - 9:53 PM PST  
> On December 25, 2006 - 10:49 PM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I was making fun of Smiley Starbuck, not you! Both Pulses are available here... The US remake and the original Japanese one which won the International Critics' Award at the Stiges-Catalonian Film Festival....
>
> Pulse (Original)
> Pulse (American Remake)
>
> ---------------------------------

LOL! I meant don't make fun of me for liking the remake of Pulse. *giggle*
Battie
post #14  on January 14, 2007 - 4:10 PM PST  
Hey, lookee! Sci-Fi Channel news. Looks like Sci-Fi is going to start creating more original shows. I guess the success of Battlestar Galactica and Eureka has given them a little more of a budget and perhaps some confidence?
underdog
post #15  on January 14, 2007 - 5:41 PM PST  
> On January 14, 2007 - 4:10 PM PST Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hey, lookee! Sci-Fi Channel news. Looks like Sci-Fi is going to start creating more original shows. I guess the success of Battlestar Galactica and Eureka has given them a little more of a budget and perhaps some confidence?
> ---------------------------------


Yeah, probably so. Sounds cool - they have a better track record with their original shows than they do with their original movies. (i.e., Python vs. Boa, Angry Killer Crocodiles, Rabid Wombats and that sort of thing...)
Battie
post #16  on January 14, 2007 - 9:02 PM PST  
> On January 14, 2007 - 5:41 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yeah, probably so. Sounds cool - they have a better track record with their original shows than they do with their original movies. (i.e., Python vs. Boa, Angry Killer Crocodiles, Rabid Wombats and that sort of thing...)
> ---------------------------------

*shudders* No kidding! Not all their originals have been gold, but quite a few have. I'm on the second episode of Lost Room and I gotta say...kind of surprised at the quality. I was expecting super-cheap and super-cheesy.
speakreflection
post #17  on January 15, 2007 - 10:42 AM PST  

> Rome was...excellent. I loved it. But it wasn't renewed for a third season. :(


Yeah I know.
What a tease really. Considering all the crazy emperors they could have on it. But I guess it's one of the most expensive shows to do.
Season two should be killer though.

underdog
post #18  on January 15, 2007 - 11:34 AM PST  
> On December 25, 2006 - 6:06 AM PST hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> The Wire is such a downer... the end of the first season was very dour and frustrating. But it's great.
>
> ---------------------------------

Btw, belated reaction Hamano, but if you have HBO you should skip ahead to reruns of the just concluded Season 4 of The Wire, which was also often a downer, but even more often riveting. Possibly the best one yet.

Rome was excellent indeed last night. I wonder how much they'll "wrap things up" by the end.
hamano
post #19  on January 15, 2007 - 3:42 PM PST  
Oh, I'm all caught up to the end of Season 4 now. I'm trying to figure out if I enjoyed Season 4 or Season 3 more... the "resolution" of Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale's partnership was epic and very satisfying, and I thought Season 4 had a bit of that tendency to revisit some great moments from previous seasons (perhaps an effect that is magnified by watching all the episodes back to back over a single week or so).

The political maneuvering in Season 4, with the Mayor's race, was interesting (even more so since I live in Baltimore) but not as riveting as the reunion of Brother Mouzone and Omar Little. I think over the entire run of the show, Omar has to be the standout most fascinating character. Too bad HE can't run for mayor. In a lot of ways he's the moral backbone of The Wire's Baltimore. That's just so WRONG but oh, it's so true...

Season 4 was quite compelling, but I'm wondering if it split the story in too many different directions. Maybe it just feels like it's a springboard to season 5, when compared to the endings of previous seasons which felt unresolved and open-ended but at the same time conclusive (if you've seen the series I think you know what I mean). Each time the previous seasons ended, I felt like "Oh, god, what a way to end it!" but this time it was like, "Oh, hey now I'm really looking forward to Season 5!"

Oh, well, everyone is watching 24 now anyways....
underdog
post #20  on January 15, 2007 - 4:47 PM PST  
Yah, Hamano, I actually thought the ending of the last season of The Wire was a little rushed, full of montages and sort of what you'd expect when the producers of a show don't know if it's coming back for another run or not. Season 3 was terrific, too. The ending was shocking, though I sort of knew it was coming. The ending to season 1 was shocking, too.

Season 4 left me a little sad, both because I wasn't sure if it was coming back and because of the fate of poor Randy Wagstaff (SPOILER:

The foster home, wow, brutal, and from what I've heard, a fairly accurate depiction of the messed up, unsafe state of many of them.)

Did you know the actor playing mayor Carcetti in the show, Aidan Gillen, is actually Irish? Kind of amazing. (But then, McNulty, Dominic West, is actually British.)

> Oh, well, everyone is watching 24 now anyways....
> ---------------------------------

Not me! I wonder if I'm the only person in this country who doesn't care about "24"?

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